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MADEP updated Wetland Regulations

Please see updated information on MADEP's Wetland Regulations.

Final Regulations from MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative and Severe Weather Declaration changes to the Wetlands regulations
To: MassDEP's Regulations List-Serve and Commissioner's Advisory Committee
Name & Citation of Regulation(s): Wetlands Protection Act – Regulatory Reform changes - 310 CMR 10.00 (MGL c. 131, Section 40) 
Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes:
As part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative, MassDEP finalized regulatory revisions that:
• Exempts wetlands filings for minor activities in buffer zones of wetland resource areas solely for highway safety operation and maintenance work and utility installation work. This replaces 310 CMR 10.02(2)(b), known as "Simplified Review," that expired in 2008.
• Allows for a limited project option for the construction of a new access roadway, or the repair and replacement of an existing access roadway, to transport equipment to renewable energy project sites through inland resource areas and certain coastal resource areas. 
• Affirms stormwater management systems designed, constructed, and installed after November 18, 1996, do not create jurisdictional resource areas or buffer zones.
• Allow applicants to file with MassDEP a combined application for a Chapter 91 license/permit t and a 401 Water Quality Certification for dredging/excavation/fill.
• Establishes a general permit and a limited project mechanism for qualifying Ecological Restoration projects. The general permit contains standard conditions that make permitting process more predictable and consistent. Major environmental impacts, including compliance with the Stream Crossing Standards if applicable, must be addressed prior to permit submittal. 
• Provide a clear and simplified permitting pathway for short-term tests of innovative technology in jurisdictional areas. 
Web Link to View Final Regulations:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/310-cmr-10-00-wetlands-protection-act-regulations.html
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/310-cmr-9-00-massachusetts-waterways-regulation.html
Date of Promulgation: October 24, 2014
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Name & Citation of Regulation(s): Wetlands Protection Act: Severe Weather Declaration changes - 310 CMR 10.00 (MGL c. 131, Section 40) 
Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes:
As part of MassDEP's implementation of Section 50 of Chapter 238 of the Acts of 2012, which amended the Wetlands Protection Act (Act), G.L. c. 131, Section 40, MassDEP finalized regulatory modifications that:
• Authorizes the Commissioner to issue Severe Weather Emergency Declarations that allow work in response to storm damage; 
• Expedite local and state responses to storm emergency efforts within wetlands resource areas without filing a notice of intent; 
• Provide emergency certification procedures for widespread damage caused by storms, and actions to restore power, clear roadways, repair infrastructure, remove fallen trees and conduct other such routine emergency response work; 
• Eliminate the need for MassDEP to promulgate emergency regulations for individual storm events;
• Prescribe mitigating measures required in performing authorized work, any notification or reporting requirements, the geographic area of the Declaration's effect, and the duration of the Declaration, which shall not be longer than 3 months, unless extended by the Commissioner.
Web Link to View Final Regulations:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/310-cmr-10-00-wetlands-protection-act-regulations.html
Date of Promulgation: October 24, 2014
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Name & Citation of Regulation(s): Water Quality Certification Regulations; Regulatory Reform changes - 314 CMR 9.00 (MGL c. 21, s. 26-53)
Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes:
As part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative, MassDEP has finalized changes to the 401 Water Quality Certification regulations at 314 CMR 9.00. These rules include modifications that:
• Establish procedures and standards for issuing state certifications under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act for dredge and fill activities requiring a federal permit;
• Provide changes for the 401 Water Quality Certification regulations and interrelated revisions to the Wetlands regulations (310 CMR 10.00) and the Waterways regulations (310 CMR 9.00);
• Create a combined permit application and the potential for a combined wetlands, waterways and 401 water quality certification permit; 
• Create an exemption for some ecological restoration projects;
• Create an exemption for some short-term piloting of innovative technologies permitted under the Wetlands regulations;
• Allow for improvement dredging for navigation channels within an ACEC with an approved Resource Management Plan; and
• Eliminate the need for a variance for certain public water supply improvement projects and ecological restoration projects.
Web Link to View Final Regulations:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/314-cmr-9-00-401-water-quality-certifications.html
Date of Promulgation: October 24, 2014

310 CMR 10.00: Wetlands Protection Act Regulations | MassDEP
www.mass.gov
Procedures for issuing licenses and permits under the Wetlands Protection Act.
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(Water Management Act CHANGES!!)

Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes:

MassDEP finalized amendments to the Water Management Act (WMA) regulations; these regulations implement a framework developed during an extensive stakeholder process known as the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI). 

The following SWMI-related elements are incorporated into the revised WMA regulations: 
• Safe Yield: A new methodology for calculating the amount of water that can be withdrawn from a basin.
• Baseline: The volume of water, based on 2003 through 2005 water withdrawals, above which a permittee will be required to mitigate the impacts of increasing withdrawal volumes.
• Streamflow Criteria: Criteria that were developed to guide permit conditions to protect the natural resources and ecology of waterways by specifying flow alteration percentages and corresponding mitigation requirements for water withdrawals.
• Coldwater Fish Resources: All applicants seeking withdrawals that will impact coldwater fish resources (waters that support a population of coldwater aquatic life) will be required to evaluate options for minimizing the impact by shifting permitted withdrawals to their other withdrawal points, if any, and optimizing the timing of withdrawals. 
• Permit Review Categories: Permit review categories, or "tiers," determine the requirements for obtaining a WMA permit. 
• Minimization Requirements: All applicants seeking to withdraw water from groundwater depleted subbasins (August net groundwater depletion of 25% or more) will be required to minimize the impact of their withdrawal to the extent feasible through a combination of conservation, optimizing the timing of withdrawals, and returning water to the subbasin.
• Mitigation Requirements: Applicants seeking an increased withdrawal over their baseline (permit tiers 2 and 3) will be required to develop and implement mitigation plans to offset the impacts of their increased withdrawal, to the extent feasible. 
Web Link to View Final Regulations:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/310-cmr-36-00-the-water-management-act-regulations.html
Date of Promulgation: 11.7.2014
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